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With more than 110 people on board, Plane crashes in Havana

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with more than 110 people on board, Plane crashes in Havana

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban-operated airliner with at least 110 people on board crashed into a cassava field just after takeoff from Havana's international airport on Friday. There appeared to be mass casualties as Cuban officials said three people had survived, but had yet to give an official toll.

Authorities said there were 104 passengers and nine foreign crew members on the flight, operated by Cubana de Aviacion. An employee of a Mexican charter firm said the plane belonged to the company and it had a six-person Mexican crew.

Residents of the country site of the crash a short distance from the end of the runway revealed to The Associated Press they saw a few survivors being taken away in ambulances, and a military officer who declined to give his name said there were three survivors in critical condition from the Cubana airlines flight.

State media also reported there were three survivors. Cuban authorities did not explicitly say that every other person on board had died in the crash soon after noon Friday.

Cubana has set a considerable lot of its planes out of service because of upkeep issues as of late.

Firefighters hurried to smother blazes engulfing the Boeing 737, which was intended to be on a short trip toward the eastern Cuban city of Holguin when it went down soon after departure from Havana's International Airport.Government authorities including President Miguel Diaz-Canel hurried to the site, alongw ith a large number of emergency medical workers.

The Friday crash was Cuba's third major accident since 2010.

The airline is infamous for its continuous deferrals and cancelations, which Cubana faults on an absence of parts and planes due to the U.S. exchange ban on the island.

A year ago a Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside in the western area of Artemisa, killing eight warriors on board. In November 2010, an AeroCaribbean flight from Santiago to Havana went down in terrible climate as it flew over central Cuba, killing every one of the 68 individuals, including 28 foreigners, in what was the nation's most exceedingly bad air debacle in over two decades.

Cubana's chief general, Capt. Hermes Hernandez Dumas, told state media a month ago that Cubana's domestic flights had conveyed 11,700 a greater number of travelers than arranged amongst January and April 2018. It said that 64 percent of flights had taken off on time, up from 59 percent the earlier year.

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